From Pendleton, travel south on Hwy 395 for 47.3 miles to the junction of Hwy 244 (Ukiah is just a mile east of here). The corridor runs south along Hwy 395 for 14.2 miles (technically, it goes all the way to Dale but Dale is in Grant County). Check out Camas Creek between (mileposts 55 and 60) and the north fork of the John Day River 45.010570, -118.995284 (11.3 miles from the 395/244 Jct., you can take a detour at west along the north fork of the John Day River for a nice birding opportunity).Directions
Habitat and Birds
Pine forests, mixed conifers, rocky slopes, and riparian strips. Heading south, Hwy 395 parallels Camas Creek and then North Fork John Day River. There are numerous pullouts along the route, and Ukiah-Dale State Park offers good birding and camping. A bird list from this location could include Common Merganser, Ruffed Grouse, Dusky Grouse, Cooper’s Hawk, Golden Eagle, Spotted Sandpiper, Belted Kingfisher, White-headed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Calliope Hummingbird, Common Nighthawk, Vaux’s Swift, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Say’s Phoebe, “Western-type” Flycatcher (The distribution of Cordilleran/Pacificslope Flycatcher in Eastern Oregon is not well known), Willow Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Cassin’s Vireo, Steller’s Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, House Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, Winter Wren, American Dipper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Townsend Solitaire, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, MacGillivray’s, Warbler, Western Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Whitecrowned, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Brownheaded Cowbird, Cassin’s Finch, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak. In June 2011, a female Harlequin Duck was photographed along Camas Creek.